12 PhD positions in Responsible Artificial Intelligence

GECKO, EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network, is looking for 12 highly motivated early stage researchers (ESRs), of any nationality, to work within 9 European academic and industrial institutions.

GECKO will bring together the latest scientific advances, establishing a unique synergy between the social sciences, information sciences, and engineering. Based on a deep understanding of how people interact with technology, in their homes and outside, GECKO will develop a unique end-to-end methodology for designing ART AI that goes far beyond the state of the art. By designing AI from a user perspective, GECKO will prevent the limitation of current technologies where AI reasoning and outcomes could easily be harmful, emotionally offensive, and damaging to the wider society and economy.

As an ESR, you will be trained in an international, inter-disciplinary academic and industrial environment through state-of-the-art research, GECKO training schools, and secondments to academic and industrial institutions. You will enter a 36-month work contract (full-time) with the recruiting institution, be enrolled in a PhD programme, and will also be seconded to other GECKO academic and industrial partners.

Smart technology is everywhere – in our homes, pockets, and networks. Is smarter use of energy essential for low-carbon energy systems of the future? Or is smartness just a buzzword for new gadgets that require ever-more energy and worsen the digital divide? Smart technology is a mass of hopes, fears and contradictions. GECKO will explore interpretable and explainable Artificial Intelligence (AI) models to mitigate unintentional harm to end users caused by the ever-growing spectrum of poorly designed machine learning models, going beyond image and NLP applications.

GECKO PhDs offers a unique opportunity to untangle relations between sustainability, technologies and people. The interdisciplinary ‘GECKO’ network connects world-leading teams of social, computer and information scientists working on smart technology, AI, human-computer interaction, sustainability, climate change, and responsible innovation.

The successful applicants will benefit from a wealth of training opportunities, from secondments to intensive summer schools, as part of a cohort of 15 PhDs networked across Europe. This cohort will form the next generation of applied scientists helping to advance knowledge on pressing policy and technology development issues in the rapidly changing field of smart technology, sustainability and people.

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